The Last Colonial Mass...
Greg Grandin
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The Last Colonial Massacre

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After decades of bloodshed and political terror, many lament the rise of the left in Latin America. Since the triumph of Castro, politicians and historians have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing communist totalitarianism, and prompting both revolutionary violence and a right-wing backlash. Through unprecedented archival research and gripping personal...more
Published May 23rd 2011 by University of Chicago Press (first published September 15th 2004)
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The first major criticism I have with this book is the title. While it touches on events in Latin America in the introduction and the conclusion..the rest of the book is a detailed study of the events in Guatemala. That is okay, I found it very interesting, but the title misrepresents. I saw some of the reviewers on the back of the book mentioned he used Guatemala as a case study on the Cold war events in Latin America, but I don't think that is possible. While history may have played out simarl...more
The Cold War wasn't fought only between the United States and the Soviet Union; Latin America was a battleground from the 1950s to the 1980s and not only in Chile, Cuba and Nicaragua. Guatemala, the unfortunate locus of a thirty-years long civil war characterized by the slaughter of entire villages, including the machine-gunning of peasants gathered to petition the government and the pioneering use of untraceable death squads for the extrajudicial murder of political activists was a theater of t...more
I found Grandin's prose very convoluted and full of grammatical errors. That aside, his interest in Guatemala as a representation of the damage Cold War ideology did to the ideals of democracy was interesting. So I thought his overarching arguments were effective while his organization and prose were lacking.
Lisa Jahn
This book discusses the unrest that took place in Guatemala with the support of the CIA. Before this book I had no idea there was a cold war in Latin America. It is a great read to begin understanding how people develop personal and social consciousness.
Katie Brennan
i wanted to love this more -- the intro and conclusion were amazing, but the history was a bit hard to follow if you weren't already an expert on guatemala in the 20th century.
Claudette Yoowitaya
had to read this for an assignment in college and found it very intriguing. I admire the well written work finding more a out this dark history of Guatemala and the war.
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Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A Professor of History at New York University, Grandin has published a number of other award-winning books, including Empire's Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and The Blood of Guatemala.

Toni Morrison called Grandin's new work, The Empire of Necessi...more
More about Greg Grandin...
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America's Long Cold War

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